9.28.08 The House Beautiful [Pilgrim’s Progress]

September 28, 2008

Pilgrim’s Progress: The House Beautiful

Another one of our deacon’s, Bill Miner, led our Pilgrim’s Progress study this week due to the pastor’s absence. This session dealt with Christian’s time in the House Beautiful, a picture of the local church. He is guided by four sisters who equip him with the armour of the Spirit to protect him against the fiery darts of the wicked one.

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Here is the study guide for this session and the study guide with answers.

Pastor’s note: I want to thank the Lord for brother Bill’s willingness to step in the gap for me today. He is the son of a missionary and a beloved brother in the Lord. We are blessed to have in our little assembly men and women who give evidence of God’s glorious grace. My recent illness was not serious or long lasting, but gave us an opportunity to see and experience the grace of God evidently at work in the hearts of our people through the men who stood in the gap today.

9.28.08 Witnessing to the Blind [Our Deacons]

September 28, 2008

Witnessing to the Blind (2 Cor 3.16)

For only the second time in 25 years of ministry, Pastor Don was ill and unable to fill the pulpit this Sunday. He thanks God for the willing hearts of the men of our church to stand up in his place and bring God’s Word to God’s people.

Today’s message comes from one of our deacon’s, Harry Lloyd. This message appeals simply to the sinner concerning the veil that lies over the sinner’s heart and prevents him from seeing Christ. It also appeals strongly to the believer to be a faithful witness and prayer warrior to friends and loved ones (and unknown ones) who live still behind the veiled heart. It is a fine message and well worth your time.

Pastor’s note: I am very deeply moved in hearing this message from my brother and friend. I have known him since before the Lord removed the veil from his heart and praise God for His wonderful work! To God be the Glory, great things He hath done. (3 Jn 4)

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9.21.08 The Head of Our Church (2) [Church Basics]

September 21, 2008

The Head of Our Church (2) (Mt 16.18)

Not being satisfied with our message of the same name last week, our pastor offers another. The Lord Jesus is the authority of every church since the church is his idea and his creation. He it is who stands as examiner, corrector, exhorter, and encourager of His church. If our church will truly have Him as our head, we must submit ourselves to Him, allowing him to examine, rebuke, correct, and challenge every aspect of our lives.

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9.21.08 Interpreter’s House (Pilgrim’s Progress)

September 21, 2008

Pilgrim’s Progress: Interpreter’s House

We come now to the point of salvation for Bunyan’s Christian, the entrance at the Wicket Gate. From the gate, Christian proceed’s to Interpreter’s House, a place where the Holy Spirit (or some say a preacher) guides the new believer through various rooms illustrating the things that make for a stable Christian life. Some are guides, like the illustration of the preacher (the ‘man in a thousand’) and others are warnings like the man in the iron cage and the man not prepared for judgement. All are meant to make a Christian stable.

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9.21.08 Having the Law is not Enough (Romans)

September 21, 2008

Having the Law is not Enough (Rm 2.13-15)

The impartiality of God’s judgement is under further consideration. The religious man (the Jew) might ask, “Aren’t we students (hearers) of the Law? Doesn’t that count for something?” The answer: No, hearing the Law (being a diligent student) isn’t enough. In fact, the sinners of the Gentiles have the Law in a sense by their understanding and performance of natural law. They have the work of the Law written in their hearts as evidenced by their consciences. So merely having, or hearing, any aspect of the Law is not enough. We still stand under the impartial judgement of God whereby all men, pagan, moralist, or religious man will face the judgement of sins. Our religion (whatever it might be) is not sufficient to make us just before God. We need Some One else for that.

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9.14.08 – The Head of Our Church

September 14, 2008

The Head of Our Church

In our afternoon service, we begin an intermittent series on the philosophy of our local church and the emphasis we want to promote as we build up a self-supporting church for the Lord’s glory. The first of the series speaks to the notion that the head of our church is Jesus Christ.

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9.14.08 Worldly Wiseman [Pilgrim’s Progress]

September 14, 2008

Pilgrim’s Progress: Worldly Wiseman

We continue our look at Pilgrim’s Progress, discussing the advice of Mr. Worldly Wiseman and the consequences of listening to the same. We also consider how to discern modern parallels to Worldly Wiseman in our secular society (much different from Bunyan’s 17th century English society).

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Here is the study guide for this session and the study guide with answers.

9.14.08 The Moral Man’s Problem is Sin [Romans]

September 14, 2008

The Moral Man’s Problem is Sin (Rm 2.12)

Our message today continues to look at God’s impartiality in judgement as Paul explains that regardless of racial or religious status, sinners will be judged. No one gets an edge by morality or pedigree. All stand before God who will judge men according to their deeds, delivering sinners over to destruction.

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9.7.08 PM – Mine Eyes have seen the Glory (Leviticus)

September 7, 2008

Mine Eyes have seen the Glory (Lev 9) – Communion

Our communion message this afternoon comes from Leviticus 9, the chapter where Aaron takes on his duties after the ordination of chapter 8. After all the sacrifices were offered, the glory of the Lord appears, consuming the sacrifices on the altar. Though the Lord does not visibly appear at every worship service in the OT and in none in the church age (since the tongues of fire), still we should look for a real communion with our God every time we worship.

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9.7.08 Pilgrim’s Progress – The Slough

September 7, 2008

Pilgrim’s Progress: The Slough of Despond

We are beginning our study through John Bunyan’s classic. Our first session covered Bunyan’s Apology for this book and Christian’s meeting with Evangelist and falling into the Slough of Despond on his way to the Wicket Gate.

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Here is our study guide and our study guide with answers.

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